Arsenal youngster Brooklyn Beckham was given a surprise promotion to the club's under-18 side for the first time last weekend, further evidence that the promising starlet wasn't signed by the Gunners on the strength of his surname alone.
Beckham is only 15 but was deemed worthy a place in the under-18 squad to face Leicester City on Saturday, an unused substitute in a 1-0 win for Frans de Kat's side.
The teenager has clearly made a strong impression on Arsenal academy staff since signing a contract in November, trusted with a place in the same squad as starlets like Gedion Zelalem and Ainsley Maitland-Niles that have played for the first team this term.
Surname brings extra attention
Brooklyn snubbed a number of alternatives to continue his development at Arsenal, a club with a proven track record of offering homegrown talent consistent opportunities at senior level if their talent and application deserves the exposure.
David Beckham's eldest son still has a long way to go before we can start talking about that kind of elevation, but his father's raw talent is clearly there in some capacity because Arsenal are willing to use their precious time and resources on bringing him through the academy ranks.
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Instagram video the first glimpse of Brooklyn the Gooner
Young Brooklyn even appears to prefer playing in his father's favourite position on the right-wing, one that took him to the very top of the game with Manchester United and England.
That's if his brilliant Instagram post last week is anything to go by, which shows the midfield prodigy controlling a ball with consummate ease before crashing a powerful drive off the crossbar.
Futher exposure to a high level of youth level football can only be a positive for Beckham's boy, who will no doubt have every step of his fledging career monitored extensively moving forward.
One thing working in his favour is a strong support base though, with a father who can pass on words of wisdow as well as guiding this exciting chapter in his son's life in the right direction.
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